posted on July 1, 2015

A national team of researchers including MSI PI Julian Marshall (Fellow, Institute on the Environment; Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering) recently published a study in which they showed that improving air quality in both “clean” and “dirty” areas could result in 2.1 million fewer air pollution-related deaths per year. The paper appeared in the journal Environmental Science & Technology in June. The researchers developed a model that shows how changes in air quality can result in changes in the rates of health problems.

Professor Marshall uses MSI to study the impact of alternative fuels on air quality and public health. Publications about this work were featured in Research Spotlights in February 2015 and September 2014.

The paper can be read on the Environmental Science & Technology website. An article about the research also appears on the U’s Discover blog.


posted on June 29, 2015

On Wednesday, July 1, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. This downtime will be a global, system-wide maintenance to upgrade the network components providing Panasas connectivity. 

During this maintenance period, we will be performing the following updates:
• Mesabi will be unavailable for Infiniband testing, software, and network updates.
• Lab systems, login nodes, and Galaxy will be offline briefly for network additions and OS updates.
• The MSI Lab Queue will be offline for software updates.
• Nice systems will be offline for software updates.
• Citrix/Xen will be offline for system updates.

Systems status is always available on our Status page.

If you have any questions, please email

posted June 25, 2015

Vipin Kumar (MSI Fellow; Head, Computer Science and Engineering) is among three University professors who have been named Regents Professors. They will be formally recognized by the Board of Regents in September 2105.

Professor Kumar and his research group develop novel, high-performance data-mining algorithms and tools for mining large-scale datasets. These include projects using data from earth-observing satellites or creating methods to analyze biomedical data. Because of the “big data” nature of the data, MSI resources are critical for these types of projects.

An article about all three new Regents Professors can be found on the University’s Discover blog.


posted on June 12, 2015

MSI PI Dan Knights, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and member of the BioTechnology Institute, was featured recently in a story on Minnesota Public Radio (MPR). The story discusses a new area of medical research, the gut microbiome. The story can be found on the MPR website.

Professor Knights uses math and computational modeling to study microbial communities, including the microbiome of the human gut. He was a co-author on a paper about the fungal microbiome in infants that was featured in an MSI Research Spotlight in April 2015Professor Knights was also profiled in an article by the University of Minnesota Foundation that featured U researchers who use mathematics to conquer problems in medicine

posted on June 10, 2015

On June 8, 130 attendees participated in a Symposium on Precision Medicine, held at the McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota. The Symposium was jointly sponsored by the Precision Medicine and Health Consortium, MSI, the Academic Health Center, the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology (College of Pharmacy), and the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment, and the Life Sciences.

presentation at the Symposium for Precision Medicine

Speakers at the symposium included informatics experts from Pfizer Worldwide R&D, AstraZeneca, the Medical Informatics team at Vanderbilt University, and departments and centers at the University of Minnesota.

The schedule and list of speakers can be found at the symposium website.